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ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

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Interface:

Eten M600+ is a standard smartphone running on Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC Phones Operating System – so it features a standard and typical interface for such a system. It comes very close to desktop computer with a Windows XP and is suitable for people which use the computer more or less. More often than now, navigating through the menus and using the device is relatively quick and enjoyable thanks to the powerful processor (400MHz clock rate). The lack of hardware soft keys is a major drawback because using the device with only one hand is almost impossible. The added software by “M-Desk” is quite useful. By default it is launched by the right shortcut key on the front. This software provides shortcuts to various menus of the phone, divided in four tabs:

  • PHONE
  • PDA
  • FUN
  • SYSYEM

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


The telephone comes with slightly customized home screen. There are shortcut icons at the lower section; they are big-sized, and the scroll buttons to the right reveal the rest of them, as the total count of these icons are 48!

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


As a WM PPC Phone, M600+ can be customized in many different ways and the easiest one is changing the visual themes. If you have to use more advanced software, the phone can be adjusted to perfectly suit your needs.

Phonebook:

The phonebook has no restriction on the amount of contact that can be added – it only depends on the memory available. When you open the phonebook all contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there are ones attached;

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

The first line is a search field, which starts searching through the names and numbers on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it's quite useful! There are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Too bad that's not the case when adding a new contact; the phone offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there's only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that's exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to, not the Home category. The numerous address, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted. We would have done this with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list;

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there's no restriction on the size of the pictures but they are visualized in a very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. The Birthday field is an interesting feature as it adds an “all day event” to a particular date, but the odd thing is that it's not indicated in the calendar – it's displayed only when you view the specific day. You can also add a note to each contact.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Another inconvenience is that when go through the list with the contacts you cannot edit any of them, and you first have to “open” the contact and then choose the Edit option.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Another major drawback is that a Missed Call number cannot be added to an already existing contact. To do this, you first have to add it as a new one and then Cut and Paste it into the other contact. These complex manipulations not only lose your time, but there's also a chance that you lose the number. That's what we experienced. We cut the number, then copied another text in error and the number was gone. That's a problem with all WM PPC phones, not only with Eten ones.     

Dialer:

Dialing is done after pressing the ANSWER button, no matter which menu you're currently in. A large numeric keypad is visualized, featuring buttons that are easily pressed even without a stylus. Speed Dial and Call History are the other two shortcut buttons. The first one is a standard one as particular number is assigned to numbers 0-9. The Call History is a list displaying all call activity of the phone (incoming/outgoing/missed). You can easily dial a given, when viewing this menu.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


By default, the left hardware shortcut button on the front opens an application called Frequency Dial – it displays the most frequently dialed numbers in relatively big cells (with a  relatively ugly design). We found the Call History quite better and useful.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Organizer:

Alarms can be directly accessed through the home screen. They are three, and they all can be configured to be active for certain days of the, and you can also assign names and different sounds to each of them. More than one alarm can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. Maybe they should have been even more, as we wouldn't mind having five or more alarms and that would have been no problem.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


The Calendar can be viewed for a particular year/month/week/day. Appointments are easily added to a certain date and alarms can also be assigned to them. We also noticed that when viewing a particular day, hours are displayed in red and blue background respectively for the “dark” and “light” hours of the day, instead of indexing them with PM and AM. 

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


Tasks are added via the Task menu and each of them can be assigned a date for activation; you can easily indicate that a certain task has been completed by placing a tick next to it in the list with all the tasks – thus it will not be displayed on your home screen as uncompleted.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review


The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed you your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and converter are missing. 

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

The phone features a complete set of voice commands which are also speaker independent. The voice commands menu is entered by pressing the small button to the left; after you can easily select or find a particular contact there. Digit dialing is also supported; it's quite possible that the phone has a problem recognizing your contacts' names, but that also depends on the person who's using it (although it's speaker independent). 
For better voice recognition, different commands can be trained, as well as the names in the phonebook. “Training” is actually done by recording a voice tag for each command or number.

ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

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Eten M600+

Eten M600+

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 5.0
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 400 MHz, Samsung S3C 2440 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.40 x 2.40 x 0.86 inches
(111.5 x 60.5 x 22 mm)
5.82 oz  (165 g)
Battery1440 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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